Seashells Badge

(Discover the Outdoors)

submitted by Kerry Cordy


(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement.)


Penguin:† Do three requirements including the one starred and two optional.


_____ 1.*† Look through someone's seashell collection and learn what type of animals lived in the shells.


Otter:† Do four requirements including the two starred and two optional.


_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirement 1


_____ 2.*† Learn safety procedures and rules for seashell collecting.

Read more: How to Collect Seashells |

Dolphin:† Do five requirements including the two starred and three optional.


_____ 1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2


_____ 2.* Find out what seashells are made of and how they grow.† Learn why they grow in different shapes.† Why would one animal grow a spiral shell while another grows a hinged shell like a clam?


Butterfly:† Do six requirements including the two starred and four optional.


_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2


_____ 2.* Check out the rules concerning shell collecting in the areas you might like to collect shells in. Some places don't allow collecting or allow it only during certain times of year. Some require permits. The local park service is a good place to start looking for information.


Eagle:† Do seven requirements including the two starred and five optional.


_____ 1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2


_____ 2.*† Know how to identify a mollusk and each of the major mollusk families.


Owl:† Do nine requirements including the two starred and seven optional.


_____ 1. *† Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2


_____ 2. *† Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. ††You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.†† If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.



Optional Requirements:



_____ 3.† Collect seashells on a beach and identify what creature they are from.


_____ 4.†† Find out what sea creature has the largest shell and which has the smallest


_____ 5.† Learn about hermit crabs and other animals who use discarded shells.


_____ 6.†† Learn how to properly clean seashells -


_____ 7.† Learn how to package seashells for a trip without damaging them.


_____ 8.† Visit a seashell exhibit


_____ 9.† Learn about the history of seashell collecting


_____ 10.† Do a craft involving seashells.


_____ 11.† Learn about a career that involves seashells.† What type of education is needed?† How much money might you earn?† Where might you need to live?† Examples might include a marine biologist, a jewelry maker specializing in shell jewelry, or a natural museum curator.


_____ 12.† Participate in a community service project involving shells (beach cleanup, teaching younger kids about shells, making seashell crafts to sell and donate to a charity, etc.)


_____ 13. Be able to identify 1 (Penguins), 3 (Otters), 5 (Dolphins), 7 (Butterflies), 9 (Eagles), 11 (Owls) different kinds of seashells.

Websites:† These websites are not associated with our program and we cannot guarantee their content.† Please do not surf the internet without your parentís permission.


Great resources for seashell info:


"Shells, The New Compact Study Guide & Identifier," by Fred Woodward,
Chartwell Books 1993.† ISBN: 1-55521-841-5

Seashells of North America, by Tucker Abbot, Thunder Bay Press 1994.
ISBN: 1-85028-264-1

Look What I Did With a Shell! by Morteza E Sohi, Scholastic Inc 2001.
ISBN: 0-439-28872-X